4th of July Poppers!
I absolutely LOVE these appetizers! They are easy to make and
they impress guests. They will compliment any grilled meal.
You will need :
1 pkg. cream cheese
about 10 whole jalapenos
1lb thinly sliced bacon
*Tbsp. brown sugar (totally optional)
First, I cut the tops of the Jalapenos off and de-seed and de-vein
them. This step is up to your preference. The more vein and or
seeds you leave the more spicy/hot your popper will end up.
I take all vein and seeds out for mixed crowds to keep them
very mild. You will enjoy the flavor and no heat.
*if you have cuts or scrapes on your hands you can
wear gloves for this part!
Second, I smear cream cheese into each half of pepper.
Now, for the wrapping!
To keep the cream cheese in place I begin wrapping the
bacon by first covering the open end or cut top of the
pepper. Like this…
I then wrap bring the bacon up over the first flap to ensure
that everything stays in place and it eliminates the need
for toothpicks. Continue to wrap the bacon until you reach
the end of the pepper.
Now, place on a
a cookie sheet or glass pan to bake.
Place in a 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes.
(This step is important in my opinion, it starts the bacon
cooking without overcooking the cream cheese and ensures
that the pepper is tender. It also helps to keep the bacon in place
when grilling. Kind of like shrink wrap! )
You will know they are ready to come out when the pepper is
semi-soft when poked with a fork.
Clearly, the bacon is NOT done.. But neither are we…
Heat up the grill Baby!
These were cooked on an unusually windy day. The fire
does Not need to be that high.
Now that’s more like it! They do cook quickly, so you need
to turn them regularly. They are done when the bacon is
crisp to your liking!
Serve shortly after they leave the grill. They are
the best when fresh off the grill. Well, give them a minute
or two they are filled with cheese! They do reheat the next
day but they are not nearly as satisfying. Even if
Jalapenos scare you,,, you have to try these.
Add a bit more POP to your 4th of July with these poppers!
(note: when the pics were taken I bought bacon on sale
and well lets just say I will not do that again. When I
suggested THIN bacon I mean it. The thick bacon
was hard to crisp and much harder to wrap)
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